Greenhouse  Shelter, a program of Connections for Abused Women and their Children, is Chicago’s oldest program for victims of domestic violence. Full to capacity 365 days a year, Greenhouse served 234 women and children in 2014. To help meet the daily living needs of those women and children, donations of the following products are greatly appreciated.

Unless otherwise specified, CAWC only accepts donations of new items.



Children and Teens

  • Board games
  • Kid movies (nonviolent)
  • Basketball, football, soccer balls
  • Lego sets
  • MP3 Players


  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant (men/women)
  • Hair products
  • Laundry detergent

Household items

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Sheets (twin size)
  • Outlet covers
  • Blue-ray DVD player
  • Can opener
  • Blender
  • Industrial coffee maker
  • Kitchen knives


  • Thermal under pants and shirts (women and children)
  • Socks (women and children)
  • Underwear (women and children)

Winter Gear

  • Fleece sweaters (all sizes)


  • Diapers up to size 6
  • Baby wipes & baby wash
  • Training cups
  • Baby bottles (No BPA)

Art Supplies

  • Craft sets
  • Jewelry-making sets
  • Sewing kits


  • Nail polish & manicure sets
  • Makeup kits
  • Beauty gift sets
  • Body spray and perfumes
  • Planers/agendas
  • Movie passes
  • Gift cards
  • Reading material related to self-care, meditation, etc. (Needed in both Spanish and English)
  • Essential oils (Rosemary, Lavender, Neroli, Marjoram, Ylang-Ylang, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Carrier)
  • Yoga mats (new)
  • Journals (women and children)
  • Candles
  • Slippers (women and children)
  • Transit Cards

Unless otherwise specified, CAWC only accepts donations of new items.

Donations can be dropped off at CAWC’s administrative offices at 1116 N. Kedzie Ave., 5th Floor, Chicago, anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Unfortunately, CAWC does not have the capacity to do pick-up service. If you wish to organize a wish list drive for CAWC, please contact CAWC at 773.489-9081. Thank you!